By: Jon Egie.

L-R: Patrick Osi Isedu, Her majesty Queen Ogbogbo, Lidum Mitee & Olorogun Ejovwo Kai

After useful deliberations on the issues raised in the report of the Technical Committee on Niger Delta (2008), participants at the one day awareness workshop on the report resolved to act as agents of grassroots mobilization and sensitization of members of the public on the content of the report.

A communiqué read at the end of the workshop by Mr. Lidum Mitee, President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), the group which along with cordiad sponsored the awareness workshop, also urged Niger Delta ethnic nationalities to be committed to propagating the contents of the report to all and sundry.

The workshop also resolved that a coalition of civil societies in the Niger Delta be formed to act as a pressure group for the implementation of the recommendation of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta by the Federal government.

During a discussion session at the workshop, participants harped on the lack of political will by the FG to solve the lingering problems of the Niger Delta.

The workshop appreciated the efforts of the FG to implement some of the recommendations contained in the report but frowned at the slow pace at which the construction of the East-West road was progressing against the recommendation that it should be completed on or before June, 2010 just as it also appreciated the amnesty granted to militants of the region by the FG, in line with its recommendation.

The workshop which held at the Hotel Excel, Effurun, Tuesday, June 14, was chaired by Mr Lidum Mitee who incidentally was the chairman of the defunct Technical Committee on the Niger Delta and recorded participants from Delta and Edo States.

In an interview, Lidum Mitee who said he has limited information about the Islamist sect, Boko Haram however urged the federal government and all stakeholders to look at the root causes of the problem, the social dynamics that led to it, lamenting that his frustration is that “we are too quick to deal with symptoms of problems rather than its root cause.”

He opined that the more the Nigeria government burrows into the root causes of problem the better and easier it would be for the problem to be solved.

Asked if he saw Jonathan having the political will to implementing the recommendation of the report, Lidum Mitee said President Jonathan is not a stranger to the report, “he inaugurated the  committee, he is well aware and instead of us to leave it in the hands of Jonathan that is aware we as a people who are affected by the problem must always put it on the front burner.”

Quizzed further to draw a relationship between corruption, lack of political will and under development in the Niger Delta he said, “they are all inter related because corruption leads to under development and under development again cartels corruption, so it is cyclical.”

Dr. Sofire Joab – Peterside, Her majesty Queen Ogbogbo who is the President of Royal Mothers Forum, Delta State, Deborah Laju Mabiaku (President, Coastal Women Forum), Madam Mary Fuludu (Niger Delta Women Forum), Olorogun Ejovwo Kai and Patrick Osi Isedu (National Directorate of Employment, Asaba) were among important dignitaries that participated in the workshop.